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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Patches have been released for file-networking protocol software, Samba, revealing that the software, which is used extensively in Macs and Linux, has been subject to a critical vulnerability for almost a decade.
The security advisory released by the Samba team reveals that the vulnerability makes it possible for a remote, unauthenticated user to send a specially crafted remote procedure call that will create multiple buffer overflows in the Samba server. This would allow a malicious user to crash the service, or possibly execute arbitrary code with root user privileges.
The most recent stable release of Samba prior to the patch, version 3.6.3, is susceptible.